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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

DOJ Intensifies Effort to Prosecute Executives for White Collar Crimes

April 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Last September, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a policy memo to its prosecutors urging them to demand evidence against employees “regardless of their position, status or seniority” from companies that are under investigation for corporate fraud or other white collar crime. The renewed focus on…

The Perils of Disregarding Outstanding Warrants and Missed Court Dates

March 08, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In March, hundreds of law agencies across Texas will start making arrests during the 10th Annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup. Authorities expect to clear more than 150,000 warrants statewide, primarily for Class C misdemeanors. Last year, 144,000 warrants were cleared in the annual roundup. Texas residents…

California Case a Cautionary Tale of Fed’s Relentless Prosecution in a Dubious White Collar Crime

February 25, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

Regardless of whether you believe the feds are soft on white collar crime, there is one story out of California that illustrates their relentless prosecution of dubious charges against an entrepreneur and his attorney girlfriend. According to a Forbes article, California businessman Steven Zinnel’s bankruptcy was…

Abbott Accused of Spending Too Much to Arm White Collar Crime Unit

February 19, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In a recent editorial, the Dallas Morning News said that the Texas Attorney General’s Office is spending too much to arm and train a plainclothes police force to fight white collar crime. According to the article, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who served as Texas AG for…

A Beef with the IRS Over Prosecution of Nick’s Roast Beef

February 11, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The owners of Nick’s Roast Beef, a highly popular deli located in the North Beverly suburb of Boston, are facing 17 federal criminal charges after the IRS indicted them for nonpayment of taxes. The two owners -- Nicholas Koudanis and Nicholas Markos -- are 65 and…